High rise to hell

More than 35,000 new homes will be built along the entire 13.5 km Sydenham to Bankstown route.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | June 28th, 2017

CANTERBURY and Campsie will be priority precincts for higher density housing along the Bankstown to Sydenham metro corridor, with master planning to start this year.
The revised Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy, a guide for development in 11 precincts along the corridor, has been placed on public exhibition for comment.
Following community consultation over the last 18 months, the NSW Government has come back with a revised strategy.
State MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, has called on the community to defend the unique character of some of the Inner West's most iconic suburbs which will be affected.
She said that while there had been some pull-back in Dulwich Hill from the initial plans, there has been only a very small reduction in the number of extra dwellings slated for the suburb.
"Marrickville will see a whopping 6,000 extra dwellings, far above the 4,000 proposed in the first drafts, with high-rise stretching from Petersham Road all the way down Carrington Road," she said.
"High rise buildings near a train station are one thing, but towers in the heart of Dulwich Hill or on one of Marrickville's flood plains, shows a complete disregard for the character and constraints of our Inner West neighbourhoods.
"This plan categorically fails to address already phenomenal pressures on our schools, health care facilities, child-care centres and open spaces.
"This is a plan for developers, not for our communities."
Overall, more than 35,000 new homes will be built along the entire 13.5 km Sydenham to Bankstown route.
Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, says the community made it clear that each precinct along the corridor has its own unique character and keeping that intact is vital.
"We want to revitalise areas around the proposed Sydney Metro line with new homes, cafes, restaurants, shops and open space without compromising the neighbourhood character and heritage of areas like Marrickville, Hurlstone Park and Dulwich Hill," he said
"Supply was the key in tackling housing affordability in Sydney and growth strategies, such as the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor, would make a positive impact."

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